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VF-25F Tornado Battroid mode

VF-25F Tornado Battroid (with space equipment)

VF-25F Tornado GERWALK mode

VF-25F Tornado GERWALK (with space equipment)

VF-25F Tornado Fighter mode

VF-25F Tornado Fighter (with space equipment)

GU-17A Gun Pod

AK/VF-M9 Assault Knife

VF-25F/TW1 Tornado Messiah

Technical Data

Equipment Type: Anti-Vajra Trial Heavy Quantum Beam Gun Operating Proving Craft
Unofficial codename: Tornado
Government: Strategic Military Services (SMS)
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry/Macross Frontier Arsenal Original Development/L.A.I.
Introduction: 2057
Operational Deployment: 2059
Accommodation: pilot only (deployable auxiliary seat for passenger)
  • Battroid Mode: height 15.59 meters (includes beam guns); 14.53 meters (without beam guns)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 17.05 meters (fully extended); height 4.5 meters (without landing gear, to the top of the turret when beam gun barrels are horizontal); length 20.12 meters (with cooling units extended)
  • GERWALK Mode: unknown
  • Mass: empty (with TW1 Tornado Pack) 10.07 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: two Shinsei Industry/ P&W/ RR FF-3001A Stage II thermonuclear reaction turbine engines
    Propulsion: 2 x 1,620 kN (maximum thrust in space); many x P&W HMM-9 High maneuverability thrusters; 2 x D-30R1 combined jet/rocket engines (installed into each TW1-TJR Mobile Jet/Rocket Pod located upon the wings); many x high-maneuverability verniers
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 39.09
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 4.0+, maximum speed due to strength and heat-resistance limit of the beam gun turret
  • Maximum Airframe Design Load: 27.5G at maximum acceleration for 120 seconds
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry wing; boundary layer control (BLC); capable of attaining unassisted orbital velocity over an Earth-class planet; ISC (Inertia Store Converter): Shinsei Industry Macross Frontier Arsenal / LAI Company self-development specification ISC/TO21; active stealth system antennae; chaff/flare/smoke discharger system; thrust reverser equipped with three-dimensional maneuvering nozzles; cockpit designed for EX-Gear equipped pilot; AA/AS/SF-06 integrated radar (mounted in nose); linear actuators (provide faster electromagnetic transformation without contact between moving parts); TW1 Tornado pack; additional equipment for outer-space use; auxiliary propellant tanks and atmospheric re-entry fairings (installed into the tips of the engine pods); TW1-CFT conformal propellant tanks installed on each leg
    - Armament -
  • 2 x fixed Mauler RÖV-127C coaxial 12.7mm beam guns (mounted center dorsal section in Fighter/GERWALK mode, becomes head turret in Battroid mode)
  • 1 x Howard GU-17A new model 5-barrel 58mm gatling gun pod with retractable cover to provide air cooling for the barrels (mounted ventral fuselage in Fighter mode, in arm manipulator for GERWALK/Battroid modes)
  • 1 x standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield (mounted center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode, mounted on arm in GERWALK/Battroid modes); the shield is composed of the enhanced energy conversion armor used in the APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack
  • 2 x Remington ES-25A 25mm high-speed machine guns
  • or 2 x Mauler RÖV-25 25mm beam machine guns (mounted left/right of intakes in Fighter/GERWALK mode, on rotating hip mounts in Battroid mode)
  • 1 x Ka-Bar OTEC AK/VF-M9 Assault Knife, 1.65m, super strong material reinforced by pin-point barrier system (mounted under left arm shield block)
  • 1 x pin-point barrier system
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 6 x underwing hardpoints for anti-ship reaction missiles, fold speakers or other equipment
  • Additional Armament (TW1 Tornado Pack):
  • 1 x TW1-HPC/M25 Prototype Heavy Quantum Beam Gun Turret (with reaction engine, power condenser and cooling unit); at maximum output, the beam's continuous radiation time is less than 5 seconds; the beam generating unit's lifespan is 300 seconds (mounted center dorsal fuselage in Fighter/GERWALK, over the shoulders in Battroid); beam cannon cooling hatches and FED-115R power capacitor/refrigeration unit deploys to the rear when at low speeds in outer space
  • 10 x Bifors BLM-02S micro-missile launchers (mounted on wings with 3 launchers built into right and 3 into the left sides of the TW1-WCA Fixed Main Wing Reinforcing Units); LLM-03A Large outer-space micro-missile Pods equipped under the wings
  • 1 x Howard GU-17V loaded with MDE warhead specification for anti-Vajra combat
  • 25 mm high-speed machine guns and super pack/full armor micro-missile warheads are later refit with anti-Vajra MDE warhead specification.

  • Description and History

    In spite of the fact that the VF-25 Messiah is a state-of-the-art multi-role Variable Fighter (developed from the baseline design of the YF-24 Evolution), it was inferior to the Vajra. Utilizing heavy quantum beam gun miniaturization technology brought from the Macross Galaxy Fleet a beam gun was developed and installed upon the VF-25. Although miniaturized, the still huge beam gun created problems when securing the weapon at a depressed angle of elevation that resulted in a negative affect upon aircraft control. To compensate for the control issues created by the sizable beam gun turret the Tornado Pack additional equipment was developed. The objective was to both negate the control management deterioration and bestow high-maneuverability using powerful thrust systems. The trial manufacture Tornado Pack has lower air resistance than Super Packs and is built for dual-use within and outside of an atmosphere. When deployed for use in outer-space the Tornado pack features additional equipment.

    A VF-25 Messiah variable fighter was equipped with a trial manufactured pack and sent into combat designated as the VF-25F/TW1 Anti-Vajra Trial Heavy Quantum Beam Gun Operating Proving Craft. Since the flight path is reminiscent of a tornado, it was given the pet name “Tornado”, for which it became more commonly known. The TW1 Tornado Pack is made exclusively for the VF-25 Messiah, but can be mounted upon the VF-25F, the VF-25G and presumably other VF-25 variants excluding the RVF-25. The TW1 Tornado Pack is more expensive than the APS-25A/MF25 Armored Pack. Data from the operation of the TW1 was used in the development of the YF-29 Durandal.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Frontier The Movie: Itsuwari no Utahime (The False Songstress)
    Pilot(s): Alto Saotome
    Other appearances: Macross Frontier The Movie: Sayonara no Tsubasa (The Wings of Goodbye); Macross 30: Voices Across the Galaxy
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori, Junya Ishigaki (cockpit)

    Line Art

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  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist